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Obama’s Unpresidential Contempt for the GOP

The president is president of all of us. Not just the Democratic Party. Even during a campaign.

It’s one thing to lambaste your opponents and their ideas. But the president of the United States should not be describing the other Party as un-American. It’s worse than sordid, divisive politics. It’s an ignominious, even somewhat frightening thing for a president to do, and it demonstrates a real ignorance on the part of Obama about the Constitutional role of his position.

Let’s look at what he said last night at a fundraiser in San Jose, California.

Some of you here may be folks who actually used to be Republicans but are puzzled by what’s happened to that party. I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?

You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are . . .

This is a choice about the fundamental direction of our country — 2008 was an important election; 2012 is a more important election.

The key phrase above is “That’s not reflective of who we are.” As he has before – most notably in describing the budget by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) that was adopted by the House – Obama is suggesting that his opposition is un-American.

He’s vilifying an entire Party with a couple of extreme examples – it did not sound like more than a few in the audience were applauding or booing at the moments he mentions, and the reactions were likely more about the general issues raised than a particular gay soldier or condemning anyone to death.

It’s pure demagoguery, from the avatar of hope and change. And in the manner of a demagogue, he pretends his meaning is the opposite of what it is. As he divides us, he claims he’s only trying to bring us together.

We’ve had differences in the past, but at some level we’ve always believed, you know what, that we’re not defined by our differences.  We’re bound together.

How different this man is from the one he pretended to be in 2008. Even to those who opposed him then, he seemed like he might be able to lead and inspire

Instead, he now suggests that demonization of Republicans is going anchor his 2012 reelection quest, making sure we are “defined by our differences.”

We’re going to have a stark choice in this election. But I have to make sure that our side is as passionate and as motivated and is working just as hard as the folks on the other side because this is a contest of value.

This is a choice about who we are and what we stand for and whoever wins this next election is going to set the template for this country for a long time to come.

It will indeed be a “stark choice” between this extremely liberal president and whoever opposes him. And it will be a “contest of value,” to be sure.

But whoever wins, “who we are” as a country will continue to be about both conservativism and liberalism. It will be about democracy and freedom, about the spirited debate over ideas and, yes, values.

Whichever side prevails, the values of the losers remain part of the “template.”

How dangerous for a president to think his values are America’s.

144 thoughts on “Obama’s Unpresidential Contempt for the GOP”

  1. One question, with his divisiveness and always bashing anyone that stands against him, will his wife once again not be proud of her country and being an American after we the voters turn him out of office November 2012? Will she ever again get to take unlimited vacations on the American teet?

    1. Keith is very effective in his presentation of the “other side.” And the comments are always thought provoking and/or clever…and sometimes, laugh out loud funny!

  2. Geez, where do I start? While you are admonishing the president for lambasting Republicans, have you written any commentary going after the conservatives for what they say? Republican leaders have been pushing the idea that the president is a foreign-born Muslim Marxist and Ann Coulter says Democrats are demonic. The more I hear what conservatives and Republicans have to say, the crazier they all sound. Obama appears to be the only sane person in the room.

  3. Just look at history to see the formation of Obama’s thoughts. Divisiveness. dividing the enemies to create ease of defeat, the big lie technique, lying to enhance one’s own agenda at the expense of a segment of the population, using populist propaganda to make a segment despised. The only thing missing so far is purging the people who brought him to power in the first place, oh wait, he has done that too. I speak of the similarities of Obama to Hitler. A great speaker, unifing his base while villifing and excluding an entire portion of the population. Beating them down until anyone is afraid to speak their mind. But unlike the people of 1930’s Germany, we the American people are not sheep. Rise up to de-throne the “chosen” one, by voting this NAZI wantabe out of office.

  4. When Obama rails against something, like Republicans putting party over country, it is actually something he is doing himself. This is classic reaction formation, a Freudian Defense Mechanism where a person does what they are castigating others for.

  5. Obama is the most partisan president I’ve ever seen. In fact, he’s the only partisan president this country has ever seen. He’s hell-bent on division and nothing more.

    I’ll be glad to see him packing his bags in January of 2013. He deserves nothing more than that. He disgusts me to no end.

  6. Simply put, Mr. Obama is just a mouthpiece of the far left liberal loons (my apologies to the bird) who are hell bent on making America as radically socialist as possible.

    Go Cowboys..

  7. Wow, you people are sooo angry, I love it! Us smart people in the blue states know real leaders and we elect them. They are called Democrats. Hmm…who invested millions in a foreign war based on lies costing thousands of young americans? Repugs. Hmm…who invested in overhauling access to health care to save americans? Dems. Who insisted that unemployment benefits be extended last December? Obama. Who insisted that the rich and corporate american continued getting Bush-era special tax breaks and loopholes last December or they’d refuse unemployment benefits to the middle class? Repugs. Hmm, who values science and forward thinking ideas (through investment in green technology and energy, stem cell research, fuel efficiency, streamlined healthcare, evolutio etc etc) and who values diversity in our culture? Dems! Who ‘desperately clings’ to oil, gas, telling people when and how to have children and have sex, ‘desperately clinging’ to the idea that American is a white majority culture (which is obvious fantasy). Repugs! Who fights foreign wars WITH our allies at the onset without a single loss of life (bye bye old Libya). Dems! Who starts wars on their own with no cause costing us millions and millions? Again, Repugs! Who has ideas about America and its future? Dems. Who has no ideas except more tax breaks for rich? Repugs. Please someone out there no one thing you people have to get the economy going other than the proven failure of tax breaks for the rich bs trickle down economics? Anybody? That sad slate of candidates have NO IDEA either.

    Democrats evolve and grow and create, Repugs stagnate, bitch, and offer nothing but the past.

    Blue States, Dems, and Obama rock!

    1. One day when you grow up and leave your parents home, you will realize that government is not the answer to the problem…government IS the problem. This is not a tug of war between Republicans and Democrats, it is a choice between liberty and tyranny. We will continue to fight for your freedom Steven. If we fail, we will all be wards of the state. If we win, you will thank us in the end.

    2. When you learn to spell and compose a coherent sentence and begin to shave, come back and thank us for fighting for your freedom.

  8. He’s certainly not my President. He’s President of the blacks and the half blacks who deny any european-american blood. When he says “Republican”, he means whites. The racial hatred being demonstrated by blacks against the Tea Party is a direct result of Obama’s race and class warfare tactics. L:isten to Maxine Waters, the NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus, Al Sharpton. Black leaders are working their people up for another suicidal city-burning and looting race war. They are monsters of hate.

  9. I’m old enough to have seen communism live in the black and white news reels on Sat. afternoon at the show.
    I am frightened now.
    I am concerned that no matter what we do out here,the powers in the White House will be able to thwart our efforts. They have a grip on everything it seems.
    Obama is campaigning with the country’s money. Michelle is a communist also.
    Putin is in for life.
    Google is tracking us.
    The voting machines scare me to death.
    Why not arrest Holder?
    Thank you for your article.
    .

  10. Wow…is this a right-wing mutual admiration society or what? Translated into intelligent thought this article would at best read; “Mommy, Obama said mean things about republicans” Geez-O-Pete…Cocoon much? I’m not happy with Obama, but this drivel is disturbing.

  11. we are extremely affraid that when, as it seems possible, obama loses in 2012, that some people will take to the streets – the extreme left, unions, some minorities, etc. having lived through the domestic outrage when MLK was assassinated, we are fearful this may be repeated in an obama loss. it is not only sad but contemptible to see how obama has clearly set aside the national interest in his raucous, highly inflamatory, inciteful saul alinksy rhetoric and day to day conduct. always ready to blame others, never willing to assume any blame, and oh so clearly interested only in himself, his actions already border on fomenting insurrection. NO sitting president has ever acted this way. if it isnt impeachable its close. should he lose, as well he might, just be ready for the barrage of investigations over misconduct – currently blithely ignored by the mainstream meady. all of this is a recipe for trouble ahead. big trouble.

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  13. Obama is easily the most divisive, dishonest and destructive president in history. 2012 can’t come soon enough to rid this great nation of this staggering con man and hateful buffoon.

  14. As a product of the 60’s and a (former) knee-jerk Liberal, I never saw myself as ‘Racist”. However, this present administration has labeled me so because I am a Fiscal Conservative, do not accept Socialism as our proper path and am horrified by President Obama purposely increasing the divide between Blacks and Whites in order to “inspire his base.” I was hopeful that Obama would live up to his “billing”, but now see it as only rhetoric, posturing and outright lies……………I couldn’t be more disappointed.

  15. Let the fear begin. This is the only option left to Obama to run on. He’s going to keep up the demonizing, the contempt, the disdain. He’s going to be nastier and uglier with time. Whoever is the Republican candidate better have all his scandals, backroom deals, etc. squared away, because that is what Obama’s campaign is counting on.

  16. When the GOP, states unequivocally that their goal is the bring down his administration, What should he do? Just let them have it No!! the president threw a left hook on the GOP at their own gave. OBAMA 2012

    1. I’m with Chris, with the exception that what Obama said hardly counts as doling out punishment. All he did was remind his audience how batshit crazy the Republicans are by simply citing what we’ve all seen on YouTube. Its not his fault if the Republican faithful are now spitting on soldiers and coma patients.

      I’m actually pretty disappointed in Keith’s reflections on Obama’s speech. There is really nothing that a sensible person could take from these remarks that qualifies as inflammatory. It reads more like a Leno monologue. Here is the “damning evidence”:

      “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay. That’s not reflective of who we are . . .”

      Really, Keith? This is what’s ripping the country asunder? Unless the video shows that Obama was beating someone to death with a baseball bat as he delivered these lines, I would say that you are simply desperate to get mad, and wish that Obama sounded more like a Republican.

  17. obama is a failure, who will say anything that will pander to the audience in front of him. he is in way over his head, but is unwilling to leave his failed policies and instead intends to double down. all the unions that supported obama care are being granted waivers. typical progressive bs. we know what’s good for you, but don’t expect us to subscribe to obamacare. hypocrtites.

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  19. With every opportunity presented, 0bama demonstrates the danger of a chief executive getting on the job training. A strategy for waitress, but not so much for an administrator. Clearly Americans were either duped or guilted through years of social engineering into voting for this unqualified person.

  20. “Even to those who opposed him then, he seemed like he might be able to lead and inspire.” — Actually, many of those who opposed him were quite well aware that he had never demonstrated any actual leadership capability, and saw nothing remotely inspiring in his narcissism or is radical ideology. Many of us are not the least bit surprised that Obama is a nasty, vindictive wrecking-ball of a president. We foresaw that he could hardly be otherwise.

  21. Obama cannot be re- elected or the America we know with Constitutional rule will cease to exist. Obama’s total lack of respect for the Constitution and his willingness to incite riots and place to race card to divide America shows without a doubt that he lacks both the qualifications and competency to be POTUS. He has to go.

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